UNRC Publications

UNRC scientists and their community scientist collaborators are constantly making new discoveries. They are identifying and describing new species and gathering information about their habitats that opens new windows into L.A. wildlife.


Amphibians and Reptiles

*community scientist author or co-author

Pauly, G. B., and P. D. Gavit*. Geographic distribution: USA, California, Los Angeles County: Trachylepis quinquetaeniata. Herpetological Review 50:103–104.

Pauly, G. B. and Delaney, K. S. 2017. Late-season reproduction in western toads (Bufo boreas). Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 116(2): 147-151.

Putman, B. J., Drury, J. P., Blumstein, D. T., and Pauly, G. B. 2017. Fear no colors? Observer clothing color influences lizard escape behavior. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0182146.

Larson, G. C., Huntley, C.*, Pauly, G. B., Wolfmeyer, T., Singh, B., and Espinoza, R. E. 2015. Geographic distribution: USA, California, Ventura County: Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean Gecko). Herpetological Review 46:59.

Pauly, G. B. and Borthwick, D. B. * 2015. Geographic distribution. Anolis carolinensis (Green Anole). Herpetological Review 46:567.

Pauly, G. B., Yoshida, G. S.*, and Worrell, R.* 2015. Geographic distribution. Hemidactylus garnotii (Indo-Pacific Gecko). Herpetological Review 46:569.

Pauly, G. B., Wells, A.*, Espinoza, M. H., Wake, T. A., and Espinoza, R. E. 2015. Geographic distribution. Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean Gecko). Herpetological Review 46:59.

Bernstein, W. L.* and Bernstein, R. W.* 2013. Geographic distribution. Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean Gecko). Herpetological Review 44:474.


Insects and Spiders

Brown, Brian V., Wong, Maria A., Hartop, Emily. 2019. A new white-spotted Megaselia Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae) from western North America. Biodiversity Data Journal 7: e34310 doi: 10.3897/BDJ.7.e34310

Brown, B.V. 2018. After “the call”: a review of urban insect ecology trends from 2000–2017. pp. 4-17 in Hartop, E.A. and B.V. Brown (editors).

Hartop, E.A. and B.V. Brown. 2018. Beyond pests: Biodiversity in the urban environment. International Congress of Entomology 25-30 September 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA. Zoosymposia 12:1-89.

Ganjisaffar, F.,  E. J. Talamas, M.C. Bon, L. Gonzalez, B.V. Brown, and T.M. Perring. 2018. Trissolcus hyalinipennis Rajmohana & Narendran (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae), a parasitoid of Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister) (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae), emerges in North America. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 65: 111-130.

Prudic, K.L., J.C. Oliver, B.V. Brown, and E.C. Long. 2018. Comparisons of Citizen Science Data-Gathering Approaches to Evaluate Urban Butterfly Diversity. Insects 2018, 9, 186.

Urban Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County attract “wildlife spectacle” of insect pollinators. Emily A. Hartop, Elizabeth Long, Carol Bornstein, Lisa A. Gonzalez, Brian V. Brown

Backyard Biodiversity: Unraveling life histories of the new fly species discovered by the BioSCAN Project proves harder than first assumed. Emily A. Hartop, Lisa A. Gonzalez, Brian V. Brown

Hartop, E. A., Brown, B. V., and Disney, R. H. L. 2016. Flies from L.A., The Sequel: A further twelve new species of Megaselia (Diptera: Phoridae) from the BioSCAN Project in Los Angeles (California, USA).  Biodiversity Data Journal 4.e7756

Hartop, E. A., Wong, M. A., and Eiseman, C. S. 2016. A new species of Megaselia Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae) from the BioSCAN Project in Los Angeles, California, with clarification of confused type series for two other species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 118(1):93-100.

Brown, B.V., and Hartop, E. A. 2016. Big data from tiny flies: patterns revealed from over 42,000 phorid flies (Insecta: Diptera: Phoridae) collected over one year in Los Angeles, California, USA. Urban Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s11252-016-0612-7

Grimaldi, D., Ginsberg, P. S., Thayer, L., McEvey, S., Hauser, M., Turelli, M, and Brown, B. 2015. Strange Little Flies in the Big City: Exotic Flower-Breeding Drosophilidae (Diptera) in Urban Los Angeles. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0122575. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122575

Eiseman, C.S. and Hartop, E.A. 2015. A new species of Megaselia Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae) reared from a Macrodiplosis kieffer (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) gall on black oak. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 117(4):463-466. DOI: 10.4289/0013-8797.117.4.463

Hartop, E. A., Brown, B. V., and Disney, R. H. L. 2015. Opportunity in our Ignorance: Urban Biodiversity Study Reveals 30 New Species and One New Nearctic Record for Megaselia (Diptera: Phoridae) in Los Angeles (California, USA).  Zootaxa 3941 (4): 451–484.

Brown, B.V., and Hartop, E. A.. 2014. Recognition of Megaselia arizonensis (Malloch, 1912) (Diptera: Phoridae), a common North American fly. Contributions in Science 522: 45-49.